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Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship - Due Friday December 10, 2010

Posted: November 08, 2010

If you would like to be nominated for the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, please submit the following information (below) to me electronically by December 10th. The department may nominate up to 5 doctoral candidates for this award. For more information about the award, please see the attached guidelines.

1. A Statement of Student Achievement and Potential indicating why these particular students have been nominated and the criteria used for the nomination (Faculty reviewers find these very helpful). If the student is taking longer than six (6) years, comments must be included as to the specific reasons. Please include the program's requirements concerning students' publications, if any.
2. Students' personal statement describing their dissertation and any additional information they wish to bring to the attention of the selection committee. The statement should address the importance of the student's work in the beginning two or three sentences. The statement should include the theoretical framework of the dissertation, its specific aims, methodologies (how the student will conduct the research), originality, and the significance and contribution of the project to the field. Fellowship committees place strong emphasis on this statement. The statement should be written with an interdisciplinary faculty review panel in mind; i.e., reviewers would NOT necessarily be familiar with the technical vocabulary of a specific field.
3. Copy of the dissertation title and dissertation abstract (plain text only).
4. Three letters of recommendation for each nominee, one of which must come from the faculty member who will supervise the dissertation or his or her designee, commenting on the student's overall performance, potential and expected time to degree. NOTE: Letters of recommendation are reviewed very carefully and carry great weight with the selection committee. Several paragraphs are more helpful to the nominee than are one or two sentences.
5. Current curriculum vitae (c.v.).

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